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Hang onto your hats, Southie!  SOBO Place is coming our way!

UPDATE: Great news everyone!  The BRA just approved construction for SOBO Place on Thursday night!

Original Post:
Just when you thought development couldn’t get worse in South Boston, it does.  The Boston Business Journal is reporting that Boston Real Estate Capital has proposed a new development at 55 West Fifth Street and it’s called……wait for it….SOBO Place. (Cringe!)  This 36-unit resident rental project hopes to demolish an existing auto-body repair shop and replace with with a 36,320 square-foot building with 2,045-square foot commercial space on the ground level.  With a name like SOBO – Starbucks seems like a nice fit for that commercial space.

Clearly the developer is not from South Boston, nor does he have any Southie advisors either.  As soon as SOBO (in all caps – like they’re yelling it) was mentioned as the name of the development, it would be laughed out the door.

So there you have it, it’s the end of days for Southie as we usher in a new era of SOBO.  This $10 million project is just a stone’s through away from “Broadway Village” and right around the corner from Dot. Ave.

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Maureen Dahill

Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Co-host of Caught Up, storyteller, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.


  1. Can't Take Much More says

    Stones throw from the projects, only 400,000 for a one bedroom, what a steal

  2. Tom Healey says

    Ha Ha! When I was growing up in town you couldn’t give real estate away! Then I remember seeing the index cards pinned up to the board at Flanagans , people whose families had been in town for generation, looking, begging, for an affordable place to live in town, so sad. When I went to buy a house I tried to buy in town, too expensive ! It was cheaper for me to by a house in freakin Swampscott than Southie. Sad my town got ruined by developers and yuppies! And who the hell pays over a half million dollars to live a block away from the projects ?

  3. Alice Tallent says

    Stop with the SoBo What the hell does it supposed to mean.? This is South Boston !!! Affectionately called Southie by most of us!!☘☘☘